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Lookout Peak Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An unknown gem of the front range!


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Map Key

4.9

Miles

7.8

KM

61%

Runnable

10,690' 3,258 m

High

8,744' 2,665 m

Low

1,948' 594 m

Up

1,947' 593 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

It seems like nobody knows of this trail, but it's a real gem and a short drive from the front range. A really cool "lookout" rock formation on top with full 360° views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks.

Need to Know

Parking is VERY limited at the end of the dirt road. You may have to run in.

Description

Start off with a gentle forested trail along a creek, passing a few well-marked intersections. Cross a few streambeds and continue up heavily forested terrain on excellent trail.

You'll reach a saddle after 1.5 miles or so, where the trail levels off and the trees open up a lot. It is VERY easy to get lost here! Use the mobile app to stay on the trail.

Take a left at the saddle (it will be tempting to go right) and try to find the easiest path to the summit. You might find cairns, but you might not, and it doesn't matter as long as you keep heading uphill.

At the summit, there is a really cool rock "lookout." Scramble up to the top and enjoy some of the very best views of the area: Twin Sisters, Longs Peak, the Saint Vrain valley, and the Indian Peaks.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 8 votes

#2815

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  4.1 from 8 votes
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#375

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#2,815

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Photos

Big views from the Lookout
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
Views opening up of the Indian Peaks
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
Columbines grow everywhere along the trail!
Jul 4, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
The "lookout" with Longs Peak in the background
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
One of the many stream crossings
Dec 2, 2014 near Estes Park, CO

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